Do you want to take screenshots easily and without complications?

Taking Screenshots or recording your screen will not necessarily require a special program… It’s true that some programs offer the ability to add arrows and text boxes (e.g PicPick) but if you only want to take a fast snapshot and share it then this is the way to do it.

Windows 10 comes packed with great tools giving you the choice to take screenshots the way you like to, and if you want to add voice-over to your screenshots you will discover – in the end of this tutorial – the tool Snip that is free and allow you to upload screenshots and videos directly from the application.

In this tutorial you will discover the best ways to take screenshots on Windows 10, some of these tools used to be present in the earlier versions of Windows like the snipping tool and the Xbox (Windows 8.1). You can always go for the paid options like the professional screenshot program Snagit.

Take Better Screenshots on Windows 10

Lot of ways to take screenshots are available on Windows 10; we will first the old method using the PrntScr key, next we will see how the Snipping Tool is a good tool to take screenshots, the third method consists on using the Game Bar in the Xbox app and in the last we I will share with my thoughts about the free tool Snip which can come really handy especially if you want to take animated screenshots.

Take Screenshots Using the PrntScr Key

Using the PrntScr key on your keyboard will do screenshot of your entire screen and copy it to your clipboard. You can paste that screenshot on an image editor like MS Paint or Photoshop. If you want to create multiple screenshots and save them on your Screenshots folder just use the Win+PrntScr key combination.

This is the path where you will find your screenshots:

C:\Users\USENAME\Pictures\Screenshots\

In case there is no Screenshots folder Windows will create it for you. The only thing I don’t like about this feature is that screenshots will be saved as “screenshot (x).png“. I usually rename them afterwards accordingly especially if I want to upload on my website for SEO reasons. Because images with name tags have a higher chance of getting referenced than those that are not.

If you want to only take a screenshot of an active window you can do this using the ALT+PrntScr key combination. Just click on the window you to take a screenshot of and without minimizing all the open windows press ALT+PrntScr key combination.

This will copy the screenshot of your window to the clipboard, open any image editor like MS Paint (type mspaint in Run) and paste it using the CTRL+V key combination.

Take Screenshots Using the Snipping Tool

One of the old tools that appeared with Windows 7 and still existing in Windows 10 is the Snipping Tool. This tool allows to to do more things like setting a delay timer for your screenshot, have a specific area screenshot. You can also include URL of webpages that are HTML for people that are willing to take the snipping tool to the next level.

Open Start menu and search for the Snipping Tool and click on it. You can also use the command snippingtool on the Run command prompt (Win+R).

For your first screen shot you can do one of the following:

  • Free-form Snip to draw a shape of your own choice in the area.
  • Rectangular Snip to take the screenshot of a specific rectangle on your screen.
  • Window Snip to take the screenshot of a specific window.
  • and the Full-screen Snip which is self-explanatory.

The thing I like about this is its light and minimal interface, which includes also an editor.

Take Screenshots on Windows 10 Using the Game Bar

If you are using Windows 10 with a Microsoft account you may also consider using the pre-installed app Xbox. The Xbox app have a nice feature called Game DVR, it allows you to take screenshots and also record your screen in video.

The Windows 10 comes with Xbox app pre-installed. Apart from all the usual advantages of Xbox app in Windows 10, you can also make use of the Game Bar feature to take a screenshot or to record a screen. The Game Bar feature allows you to take a screenshot of your current active window in Windows 10.

In order to enable the Game bar feature all you have to do is go to the “Xbox App” > “Settings” > “Game DVR” and enable it by switching the “Record game clips and screenshots using Game DVR“.

Use the shortcut Win+G to open the Game bar under the window or game you want to take a screenshot of.

Then use the Win+ALT+PrntScr to save a screenshot.

If you want to check the screenshots just go to the Xbox app, go to Game DVR and click on “On this PC” on top then you will get all your saved screenshots in the same place.

Take Screenshots Using Microsoft Snip Editor

The Snip Editor tool is very useful and has other features that are not available in other programs that also include stuff like

You can download Snip from the official snip website. After downloading the installer just double-click on it and follow the steps until installed. You will get a shortcut of Snip under you Desktop.

Snip will be added as a bar on top of your screen, if you have a webcam you can use it too!

Press the icon in the left to drag your desired area, remember that you can later record a drawing with your own voice-over on that screenshot. This is very useful if you want to show a VA the things you want done or if you want to present some new features you have done for a customer.

You can change the size of the Pen, the colors or even use a Highlighter to draw on your screenshot while talking on a microphone. You can afterwards save the video or upload it on the internet by clicking the “Share” button.

So, these are the best ways to take a screenshot in Window 10 without using any third-party tools. There are several third-party tools available, but for basic screenshot taking tasks built-in tools are more than enough.